Day 1 : Johannesburg
Tue. 11 Jun 2019
Make your way to Johannesburg, South Africa. Encompass Africa can arrange all your required international and regional flights from Australia's capital cities using our preferred wholesale and special rates with airlines getting you to the start of the photographic safari. Please contact us if you require help arranging your international and regional flights.
On arrival into Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport, it's a warm welcome to Africa!
Clear immigration (no visa required for Australian passport holders), collect your bags, and proceed through customs to the arrivals hall. Here, you will make your way across the road to your airport hotel and check in to City Lodge OR Tambo to enjoy a good night rest in preparation for the adventure starting tomorrow.
Day 2 : Chobe River Front
Wed. 12 Jun 2019
This morning, make your way across the road to Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport in time to check in and catch your scheduled flight to Kasane. This flight is excluded from the cost and is best booked inconjunction with international airfares.
On arrival into Kasane, disembark, clear immigration (visa is not required to enter Botswana), collect luggage and proceed to the arrivals hall. Here you will be warmly greeted by a lodge driver who will assist you with your luggage to the awaiting vehicle and transfer to your boutique gallery style property, perfectly positioned closest to the park gates and atop a plateau overlooking Chobe floodplains with the sun setting right in front of the lodge.
Experience two nights at Pangolin Chobe Lodge where your stay is inclusive of all meals, local brand drinks, and signature photographic safaris in their custom built unimog 4WD and photo boat featuring fully rotational chairs and fitted with state of the art camera mounts.
Activities and Services
Day 3 : Chobe River Front
Thu. 13 Jun 2019
Chobe is synonymous with elephant, its reality the unforgettable sightings of gentle giants frolicking in the waters, or moving slowly through desert-like stretches of sand, ears flapping to the slow rhythm of nature. Here in their natural environment, the splendour of majestic creatures can truly be appreciated. Chobe National Park boasts four distinctly different eco systems: the spectacular Chobe floodplain and river to the northeast, the Savute Marsh in the west, the Linyanti Swamps in the northwest and, in-between, the hot dry hinterland of Nogatsaa and Tchinga. With an elephant population well in excess of 40,000 (reputedly the largest in the world), Chobe’s river and floodplain area ranks among Africa's premier safari destinations.
In addition to the massive herds of elephant, the park is home to the more unusual, shy antelope species such as roan, sable, tsessebe, eland and red lechwe. Rare Chobe bushbuck and puku make an appearance, and high densities of lion, leopard, spotted hyena and cheetah complete the safari experience. During the dry season months of May to October the floodplains of the river support large herds of Cape buffalo. Woven into a melodious tapestry, the sounds of over 450 bird species merge with the harsher call of the big game, and the chatter and alarm calls of the inhabitants.
Activities and Services
Day 4 : Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Fri. 14 Jun 2019
After a delicious breakfast this morning it is time to check out. Meet a private driver in reception at the agreed time and transfer to Victoria Falls, crossing the border and clearing immigration into Zimbabwe along the way. Your driver will assist with immigration formalities into Zimbabwe, a KAZA UNI visa (allowing entry into both Zimbabwe and Zambia) will need to be purchased at the border for USD50 per person.
Arriving in Victoria Falls this afternoon, enjoy a 2 hour tour of the Mighty Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls reaches its zenith in about May each year. It is a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell and the humbling feeling that here indeed, is Natures Supreme Masterpiece. You will be accompanied through the Rainforest by a qualified Guide, who gives a brief history of the Falls and the surrounding flora, fauna, bird and wildlife. Raincoats and camera protective bags are provided when needed. Park fees are USD30 per person payable in cash upon entry into Victoria Falls Rainforest.
On completion of your Victoria Falls tour, you will be transferred to your lodge, situated on an elevated plateau bordering Zambezi National Park and overlooking an active waterhole, attracting elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo and the occasional predator.
Tonight is at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in a Waterhole Facing Room where your stay is inclusive of breakfast and dinner.
After settling in, enjoy a cultural evening of fun with Mark and the group at The Boma Dinner Restaurant.
Days 5 - 7 : Lower Zambezi
Sat. 15 Jun 2019 - Tue. 18 Jun 2019
Following breakfast this morning, meet your private driver in reception and transfer by road to Livingstone Airport. Your driver will assist with border crossing formalities into Zambia along the way. On arrival into Livingstone Airport, you will be warmly greeted and assisted with check in for your scheduled light air charter to Royal, Lower Zambezi.
Touching down into Royal airstrip, disembark, collect your bags, and meet camp guides who will game drive transfer you to your safari accommodation set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River.
Experience three nights at Royal Zambezi Lodge with all meals, local brand drinks, and safari activities included. Spend these days enjoying morning and afternoon safari activities in the game rich Lower Zambezi National Park with Mark, your guides and fellow travel companions. This area is home to large herds of elephant, healthy lion population, leopard, jackal, hyena, hippo, buffalo, zebra, waterbuck and variety of antelope.
Days 8 - 12 : South Luangwa National Park
Tue. 18 Jun 2019 - Sun. 23 Jun 2019
After breakfast, it's time to check out and meet guides who will game drive transfer you back to the airstrip in time to catch the scheduled light aircraft flight to South Luangwa National Park, via Lusaka.
You will be warmly greeted by your guide on arrival at Mfuwe Airport who will assist you to the vehicle and transfer you by road to your camp in South Luangwa. The drive takes around 2 hours 40 minutes passing through small villages and lush green farmland and game viewing through some of the richest wildlife areas of the park.
Experience 5 nights on safari at Kaingo Camp where your stay is inclusive of all meals, game viewing activities and drinks. Your time here is spent on safari, enjoying game drives and visits to various hides located in spots perfect for animal photography.
Day 13 : End of Itinerary
Sun. 23 Jun 2019
After breakfast, it's time to check out and meet guides who will transfer you back to Mfuwe Airport in time to catch the scheduled light aircraft flight to Lusaka, and your onward international flights.
All arrangements with Encompass Africa come to an end.